A flagbearer aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sylvester Mensah, has taken a swipe at John Mahama over his bid to return to the presidency.
According to him, the presidency is not a place where people go to make mistakes and later return to beg for second chances.
Speaking on Accra-based Rainbow FM, Mr. Mensah said the presidency cannot be made to look like a place for try and error.
“The presidency is not a place where you go and make mistakes, come back and ask to be given another chance to amend your mistakes,” he said.
“I think that, you must be ready and prepared to get to the seat of the presidency, and when you are there, there should be minimum errors but if you go there and commit errors and just come back to the public and say that, I made mistakes, I am now coming back to correct my wrongs, it simply means you were not prepared then and even now you are not prepared."
This comes after another flagbearer hopeful of the NDC, Alban Bagbin, predicted a heavy loss for the party if John Mahama is made its presidential candidate for the 2020 elections.
According to the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mahama is only popular in the NDC and warned that the ex-president will not be able to return the NDC to power in 2020.
Mr. Bagbin told Accra FM that the NDC could suffer a repeat of the humiliating defeat in 2016 if the party makes the mistake of electing Mahama as its flagbearer.
“What did we not see in 2016, wherever Mahama went to campaign? The electorate poured out to clamour for him as others poured thousands of praises on him. The man they so much praised, eventually, handed us a bitter defeat ever since 1992,” the Nadowli-Kaleo MP said.
The NDC will go to the polls in two weeks time, February 23, 2019 to elect its flagbearer for the 2020 general elections.
The balloting for the primary was held some weeks ago, with Mahama picking the third slot on the ballot paper.
The first slot was, however, picked by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli-Kaleo, Alban Bagbin.
Businessman Nurudeen Iddrisu, who is also in the running to become the NDC’s presidential candidate, picked the second slot.
Sylvester Mensah, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Goosie Tanoh and Prof. Joshua Alabi picked the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh slots respectively.
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